Last week a company known as The Consulting Association made the news when it was raided by the Information Commussioners Office (ICO). Investigators have allegedly uncovered a secret database of construction workers listing the personal details including their union activities. Such data was allegedly sold to building firms.
While the ICO has vowed to prosecute the firm involved, other workers blacklists are allowed to operate in the open. Back in may 2008 the National Staff Dismissal Register was launched. This database allows retail companies to upload and to access the details of employees who have been dismissed or left while under suspicion of theft, fraud or even simply ‘ causing a loss to the company or another party’. In other words workers who have not been convicted of anything, and against whom nothing has been proven, can very easily have their lives ruined.
Anyone who has done grunt work handling cash for a big company will understand the danger in which innocent workers are being placed. Back when I was 17 I had the misfortune of working in the food kiosks at a major London football club. As with all ventures of this, there were inevitably instances of stock or cash being unaccounted for. And when this took place, the managers held no qualms about throwing accusations at anyone and everyone. It is an absolute disgrace that the lives of workers should be left in the hands of such arseholes.